Although men are primarily driven by the sense of accomplishment, this drive will be usurped by the call of short-term gratifications. Once he takes the bait, he will be sucked in an acid vat of vacant tail chasing, always striving for more because enough is never enough. It’s like the fattie who eats more food to feel better about himself; it’s a temporary balm with negative long-term consequences. Man’s drive toward accomplishment is then zapped, being overridden by his exercises in self-indulgence. His pleasure lasts only until he amuses himself to death.
Moreover, the consumerist pressures society imposes mark the most significant hindrance to any aspiring individual. The key is escape them. Jesus of Nazareth was right all along. The gates of hell are wide and the pearly gates of heaven narrow. One must escape this world to succeed. Your plan of self-improvement is a direct boycott of consumerism.
What I’ve said before merits repeating: Build, create, and refine, not just consume. This is something that we all, especially myself, need to put more effort into. Society has dumbed our standards down so low that we are often under a false sense of complacency.
In whatever case, be the guy who sees the crowd from the field’s view. Don’t be the critic Theodore Roosevelt scoffed at. Consuming offers neither the glory of victory nor the blow of defeat. Instead you have to put yourself at risk, knowing that you will fail again and again. But on the back of failure rides success. You will have haters, and you will revel in them. But most of all, you will feel a high that no consumption of entertainment, substance, or thing will ever give you. The high of achieving, the sense of accomplishment, and the splendor of action will spur you on to the road of greatness.